In the 1920s, Philadelphia Mayor J. Hampton Moore created a “smelling squad” to patrol the banks of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers and hunt down the sources of the most obnoxious odors.
The Battle of Blair Mountain is “the only time in the history of this country that bombs were dropped from American skies, by Americans, on Americans.”
During the Cold War, the US military developed a rifle that fired nuclear war heads. It was called the Davy Crocket and production of this smallest nuclear weapon began in 1956, with a total of 2,100 being made. The weapon was deployed with U.S. Army forces from 1961 to 1971.
In 1830 the average American over 15 years old drank 88 bottles of whiskey per year… one bottle every 4.2 days.
During the course of the Second World War, six Americans were killed by the Japanese on the US mainland. The Japanese sent a series of balloon bombs to the States and most of them were destroyed by the military or landed without exploding. But, one bomb was caught in a tree in the woods near Bly, Oregon, and when a young girl tried to pull it out of the tree it exploded, killing her, the local church minister’s wife, and four children.
There were actually 32 British colonies in America in 1775, not 13. The ones we think of as “the original 13 colonies” were the ones that revolted.